Re: Dynesis and fusion
Lol nothing's ever simple with me! I inherited a condition from my dad where we both have very narrow spinal canals so if discs are even slightly bulging, it causes great problems. Hence I had the discectomy. Some years later I my pain began to increase and I was unable to stand for more than a few minutes and was always in pain so my consultant suggested the dynesis procedure to provide more stability. He said if it didn't work I'd be no worse off and if I didn't have it done, I would only get worse. However, he didn't factor on the massive impact of nerve reaction and scar tissue which has caused major problems ever since. Some of the screws did come loose on the right side so they were replaced and did improve slightly for a time.
I was told at the time and up to now that fusion is too risky for my situation and that the screws have now done their job and do not need to be in - but it's a tricky op to remove them because of all the bone they cut away when they first put them in. However, as you say, if they become loose, the pain will only get worse, and they are more likely to now start coming loose from now as its been 10 years. He thinks if they take them out I'll be no worse off but the risk of the surgery to get them out poses more of a problem! I've got to have a full review which will involve scans, etc. but I'm struggling at the moment to see any long-term hope!